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Chai and Chocolate Chip Sourdough from Hotbake

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Chai and Chocolate Chip Sourdough from Hotbake



I followed Hotbake's lovely recipe with my own process and I also increased some of the amounts to get a larger loaf (in the future I'll probably make the loaf even bigger)


340g bread flour

30g whole wheat

20g rye

325g chai concentrate


60g honey

60g salt

80g starter



1. Mixed 26g starter/26g water/13g bread flour/13g whole wheat flour to make levain and let it sit for 4 hours at 85 degrees

2. Make the Chai concentrate

- 300g milk

- 100g water

- 1 cinnamon stick

-1 tbsp ground ginger

- 3 slices fresh ginger

-3 cardamom pods

-1 tsp vanilla

-2 English breakfast tea bags

-20g sugar, 1/8 tsp salt, black pepper

Put everything but the teabags together and bring to a simmer, turn off heat, add teabags and 60g honey, and cover for 1 hour

3. Autolyse the flour and chai concentrate for about 3 hours

4. Do 70 slap and folds, wait 30 minutes and do 40 slap and folds (incorporating chocolate chips and 1 tea bag), wait 30 minutes and do 10 slap and fold. Now do 3 sets of stretch and fold over the next 1.5 hours. Total bulk fermentation of 4 hours.


5. Preshape, wait 20 minutes and did final shaping and put in fridge overnight (7 hours)

6. 1 hour fermentation on counter in the AM

7. 25 minutes at 450 degrees with lid on (on parchment paper on cornmeal as per the recommendation) followed by 20 minutes without lid and with dutch oven on a baking sheet



Danni3ll3's picture

This would totally satisfy my sweet tooth! 

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Hotbake's picture

Thanks for sharing! I literally made the same thing today! (to munch on for our long road trip tomorrow 😋)

Would you mind sharing the size and brand of the banneton you're using? I need to invest on a different one as the only one I own is too big for my family of 2 and has a wide flat bottom, whatever I put in it got squished flat on the top...

ifs201's picture

Thanks for such a great recipe! I am so impressed with how well the chai flavors come through.

I must admit I don't have a banneton. I live in a NYC apartment so I am very reluctant to purchase anything that isn't multi-functional. I've just been using 9" diameter bowls from IKEA. I've been debating getting a banneton, but the bowls seem to be working fine for now.